Saturday, April 29, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
+The Lord is risen, alleluia.
+The splendor of Christ risen from the dead has shone on the people redeemed by his blood, alleluia.
+Our Redeemer has risen from the tomb; let us sing a hymn of praise to the Lord our God, alleluia.
+Alleluia, the Lord is risen as he promised, alleluia.
+This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.
+Very early on the morning after the Sabbath, when the sun had just risen, they came to the tomb, alleluia.
+Christ has risen from the dead and will never die again, alleluia.
+He was handed over to death for our sins;he was raised to life to justify us, alleluia.
+Since you have been raised to life with Christ, seek the things that are above, alleluia.
+Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the Lord's tomb, alleluia.
+Come and see the place where the Lord was buried, alleluia.
+Jesus said: Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to set out for Galilee; there they will see me, alleluia.
+This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia
God our Father,
by raising Christ your Son
you conquered the power of death
and opened for us the way to eternal life.
Let our celebration today
raise us up and renew our lives
by the Spirit that is within us.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Happy Easter!! God Bless!
Easter Sunday Antiphons from Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Plans are underway. I've made contact. After I send them some info on myself to make sure I'm not a wacko, I can sign up to visit. They're expecting a visit in July. It's only $287.00 to fly from Seattle to Denver. Now getting from Denver to Virginia Dale is the problem. Ooh dang I'm excited. Check these ladies out, they're really cool.
It was kind of a weird thing to do late at night/ in the morning on Good Friday, but I was compelled, what can I say?
On another note, Father did a wonderful job with the Good Friday service today. It took almost 2 and a half hours!! Incredible.
"Behold, behold the wood of the cross on which is hung our salvation. Oh come, let us adore....."
We look forward to your ressurection Lord.
Friday, April 14, 2006
I also went to Holy Thursday mass today at my home parish. Gosh I love St. Luke's . We received the Eucharist under both species by intinction today, no spoon, just Fr. dipping the host, but still cool, and really cool that we could receive kneeling. After mass Father processed the Eucharist to the Altar of Repose ( I can't remember if that's the proper name) and then we started adoration which would continue until midnight. Pretty sweet.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Yesterday I got a chance to sit outside in downtown and read up on the Rule of St. Benedict. I actually got through around 6 chapters. It was kinda crazy to just plow through like that. It usually takes me a while to digest it all before I can understand what he's saying....my mind has to slow down into reflection mode. But if you read yesterday's blog you'd see I was in some weird post-Chrism mass ultra-focused state. The rule is great, but I'm just wondering why St. Benedict didn't like laughing.
"54. Not to speak useless words or words that move to laughter.
55. Not to love much or boisterous laughter."
I suppose it just goes along with the spirit of silence. Someone once talked to me about laughing and said that most of the time laughter is at the expense of someone else.....sort of. I don't know, I know monks that laugh.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
7:30 am This morning I took the Train into downtown with mom.
8:15 ish Got off of the skytrain a stop after her. She went off to work. I went to Starbucks on Granville and I got a tall soy tazo chai latte and sat down to eat my chunk of Putinka for breakfast. Finished the putinka. Got up, still listening to my mp3 player with chai in hand and started towards the Cathedral. Finished the Chai right before I got to the door of the HRC and went inside. There were no trash cans inside the Cathedral foyer. Left the Cathedral walked half a block back in the direction I came from and finally found a trash can in front of Seattle's Best Coffee, which (fyi) is owned by Starbucks. Turned myself around once again and walked back to the Cathedral.
8:40ish Sit down in the Cathedral with a sigh of relief. Sanctuary, home, safety, loving arms. The old people in there were doing lauds. I plucked out my breivary to join them, then decided I'd better start out from the beginning properly and silently on my own than just jumping in the middle without the invitatory. Finished lauds and sat for a while. My heart has been a little achy for the past few days. My soul has been uneasy. I went to confession on Sunday, but it was after mass. I was particularly vulnerable .....the time between confession and your next mass....the perfect opportunity to screw up so that you'd have to refrain from receiving incredible amounts of grace.....the Eucharist and a spotless soul, perfect match, someone never wants that perfect match to be realized.
I sat for a while just allowing myself to be in the presence of the Lord. It has been a long time since I've allowed myself that joy. Nothing going on, just sitting and being with him. Not thinking, just opening up myself and being totally vulnerable to His love. I started my first 5 decades and St. Bridgets. So much more fruitful in His presence. I prayed so much for Him to heal my heart today. For Him to take it, battered and overexposed as I've let it become, and make it new again. To heal it, to mend it, to encase it in a walls of thorns like his heart. To just join it to His so that He could keep it protected because I was doing a terrible job of it myself. I felt such renewal at the end of that rosary today, just sitting with Him and asking Him to make me new. To fix me.
I got to the Cathedral 2 hours early. Perfect time to pick spots, right behind the priests and the people who work at the Chancery, in the center aisle. Perfect.
10:30 Mass of Chrism begins. Incense and over a hundred white garments pour in. Pipe organ and faithful voices mix through the air. Heavenly sounds, smells, and sight. Every priest in the archdiocese. Every hand that brings Christ to us, under one roof.
Lift High the Cross.
Some man in the back begins to yell "Why is Jesus covered? Why have you covered him? Who do you think you are?" Cathedral ushers move to the back. "You Calm down, don't tell me to calm down. Why is he covered? Where is he?" Sounds like a struggle. "Who do you confess your sins to? Priests cannot forgive your sins! Only God can forgive your sins!!!" We continue singing .....bonae voluntatis......the shouting fades and peace is restored. Poor soul. He doesn't know about the mysticism and beauty of Christ's Church. Someone needs to utter those two words to help him understand.....Persona Christi....that's it. Rest your mind, it is not humans, but God working through us, using us.
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Beautiful four part harmony acapella for the psalm.
Praise to you, Lord, King of eternal glory.
Today the prophecy has been fulfilled.
The archbishop did a wonderful job with his homily. Validated the priesthood and the joy it brings, emphasized being called and anointed, empowered the laity in the universal priesthood, and said he was proud to be the archbishop of such a fine group of priests. Amen. Thank God for the Vancouver Archdiocese. Blessing of the oils.
Salve Mater Misericordiae (chant)
Chacone in d minor
Ubi Caritas (Chant)
To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
12:00 Walking back to my mom's office for lunch was a bit surreal. Sometimes the streets of downtown Vancouver do that to me. More so after this mass. It felt like I had this beam of light bouncing my soul around inside my body so that I had to focus to keep myself walking straight. I found it difficult to not smile ridiculously while walking swiftly and with focus down Georgia St. I had a certain stride, and for those of you who know limpy Val with the 1cm shorter leg that's saying a lot. Strong Stride, Christ making His way into my bloodstream, Sun beaming down, making my way down Georgia Street. Ah sweet renewal, just in time for Holy Week. Thanks for our date Jesus.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
So here's the interesting thing about the camp that I work at....it's CYO. It's sort of affiliated with the Seattle Archdiocese, and it says it's Catholic....but it's pretty mild. I'm excited to have mass every week with the Catholic school kids though, that should be cool. So yeah....my staff seems pretty nice, I don't think we've quite bonded yet. Personally I'm having a bit of a difficult time adjusting because it's not the solid loud Catholics I'm used to and the forest programming is run differently than I'm used to. But fortunately all the content I'll be teaching is the same and the people I'm working with are nice. Basically I spend lots of my prayer time praying for their conversions. If you could do so as well I'm sure we'll see lots of progress. I got them to sing a Christian song last night while we were jamming on the guitar and they liked it.....slow progress, but it's exciting. Anyhow, I miss my family, I miss my parish, I miss my niece, and I miss my piano.....other than that things are going well. I'm sure once the kids get there on Wednesday things will start flying and it will be awesome. Thanks for the prayers, I really am feeling them even though this whole blog sounds like complaining. Oh and the reason I'm not blogging so much is because the internet access out there is limited and kinda touchy....so I'll probably only be blogging on weekends.